Fujifilm Announces First Sale of Its Graphium Hybrid UV Inkjet Narrow Web Press to Distinct Packabilities
HANOVER PARK, IL—September 9, 2014—Fujifilm North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division is pleased to announce from the show floor at Labelexpo the purchase of Graphium, a digital hybrid, four-color plus white UV inkjet press integrated with inline flexo and finishing, by Distinct Packabilities, a Shepherdsville, KY-based print provider.
Distinct Packabilities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Publisher’s Printing, a fifth generation family-run business since 1866, is a premier provider of flexible packaging and label printing. It also offers a wide range of flexible packaging and prime label converting capabilities, along with in-house art, graphics, prepress and platemaking services.
"Fujiflm and Distinct Packabilities are going to establish a new standard for digital print quality in the flexible packaging and prime label markets," said David Haley, vice president, Distinct Packabilities. "With a print asset of this magnitude in the hands of our experienced staff of some of the best printers in the world, we intend to shift a number of paradigms that have prevailed in these markets for too long when it comes to print quality."
Graphium, currently on display at Fujifilm booth # 5621, is a high-speed hybrid UV inkjet press designed specifically for the narrow web market by FFEI Ltd. and marketed exclusively in North America by Fujifilm. It’s the first press to be configured with under and over white, allowing pure white designs with opacity that exceeds traditional flexo white. Its modular design provides the ultimate functionality as it combines inkjet, flexographic printing and finishing, all inline. Utilizing greyscale print heads that produce a range of drop sizes from six to 42 picoliters combined with inter-color LED pinning of Fujifilm Uvijet inks enables Graphium to print fine details, smooth tones and small font text demanded by the most exacting customers at single-pass print speeds up to 164-ft./min. Flexo stations with Fujifilm Clarity Water Washable Flexo plates and Fujifilm UV Flexo inks are configured inline before and after the inkjet print engine to provide the ultimate capability to produce unique, high-quality labels.
Distinct Packabilities provides a variety of service offerings to flexible packaging and prime label end users, and are particularly well known for producing high quality projects on its flexo presses utilizing Fujifilm Clarity Water Washable Flexo plates and Fujifilm Flexo inks. Expanding its services into digital printing was the next logical step; and greatly enhances its project portfolio. Distinct Packabilities chose Graphium based on the capabilities of its hybrid design, incorporating digital and flexo printing into one platform, to create spot colors, respond quickly to short-run demands, and produce flexible packaging and prime labels, without the common limitations often found throughout the industry. These newly added capabilities will allow the company to support brand owner’s needs for colors and graphics that stand out on store shelves.
Haley said Graphium offers labels and packaging printers a digital print quality and capability proposition which had previously not been available. He is anxious to get the press into the production environment in order to begin offering a new suite of products and services to current and prospective customers.
"Its print capability can produce up to 13,240-feet-per-hour at a resolution up to 1,080 dpi and an eight-level grayscale," added Haley. "This digital press will print all of the common substrates found throughout our other production processes while achieving excellent adhesion, light fastness, and durability. Also, for us, the ability to very quickly move in and out of a rapidly changing print schedule is very important."
Graphium is able to handle a print width of either 13" or 16", and can print some of the thinnest label substrates up to heavy duty vinyl, as well as board stock. Graphium offers printers an alternative to flexo printing on short to medium-run, four-color plus white labels and packaging, allowing for up to six flexo stations and inline finishing options. Graphium provides a level of flexibility and productivity to print the complex projects that customers increasingly require in today's market. The inline corona treatment enables customers to print on virtually any substrate without the requirement of a pre coating to achieve adhesion.
At Fujifilm booth # 5621 attendees are experiencing in-person the Graphium digital press with inline flexo print a variety of ‘fit to purpose’ label applications. Each day at the show, Fujifilm is demonstrating hourly how this hybrid system can print digital CMYK, under white, over white, flexo spot colors and a matte clear varnish finish. The daily demonstrations also feature high-quality Clarity Water Washable Flexo plates, along with the bright, vibrant color of Fujifilm UV Flexo and Waterbase Flexo inks. See FujifilmWhatsChanging.com for Graphium demonstration times and additional details.
"We believe Graphium is the digital print asset that will allow us to re-establish many of the legacy paradigms throughout the industry when it comes to short print runs, fast turnaround times and incredible print quality," relayed Haley. "We’re anxious to get it into the hands of our printers and start putting these super high quality, quick turn, short run printed products out into the marketplace. Our customers continue to need these capacities and their color and graphics quality demands only continue to proliferate. We feel we now have an incredibly powerful weapon in our arsenal that will allow us to meet and exceed these demands."
Follow Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division on Twitter @FUJIFILMGS, and watch for updates from the Labelexpo show floor, #WhatsChanging.
Follow Distinct Packabilities on Twitter @DistinctPack and watch for live tweets from the LabelExpo show floor, #FavPak.
Visit Fujifilm at Labelexpo, booth # 5621, to learn more about Graphium, and see how this technology, among others, will change how you print labels and packaging. Forever.
Fujifilm North America, a marketing subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings America, consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. Fujifilm Canada sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, graphic systems, highly functional materials, optical devices, digital imaging and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic and thin film coating technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship.
With over 60 years in operation, FFEI is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of digital imaging solutions within the graphic arts industry. With a focus in workflow software and inkjet technologies, FFEI products and solutions reduce cycle times, improve quality and add value to the services provided by printers and other users of digital imaging technologies.